Fayetteville, Ar. Carl Yates, CEO of McGoodwin, Williams, and Yates Inc., of Fayetteville, was recently named as one of four inductees to the 2008 Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame. The inductees were selected by the Arkansas Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.
Yates has been with McGoodwin, Williams and Yates for more than 50 years, guiding the company through dozens of successful and award-winning projects primarily related to water and wastewater treatment throughout Arkansas; the most recent of which is the completion of the new Fayetteville Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant.
One of Yates’ most notable accomplishments in Northwest Arkansas includes serving as a key consulting engineer for the creation and ongoing development of Beaver Water District. His work with the District includes the 2005 Raw Water Intake which was recognized nationally by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) with the National Award of Excellence in Engineering. As well, this project received the Grand Conceptor Engineering Excellence Award by the Arkansas Chapter of the ACEC.
Among Yates’ passions is stewardship of the environment, serving for many years with the ACEC/EPA Region 6 Liaison Committee to advise the Environmental Protection Agency on policy development. As well, he served on the Arkansas Policy Advisory Committee for Water Quality Management and Planning for which, as chairman of the Standards Sub-Committee, he helped the state develop initial water quality management plans. He is a member of the International Ozone Association, from which he gained experience that proved invaluable to his company’s design of the Clarksville Water treatment plant. This was the first plant in Arkansas and one of the first in the country to utilize ozone and granulated activated carbon as part of the treatment process. This plant was also the first in the state to utilize the Arkansas River as a water source.
Additionally, Yates has devoted significant energy to the American Consulting Engineers Council for which he has served as state president and two terms as a national director.
Among his many other honors over the years, Yates has been named Engineer of the Year by the Arkansas Associated General Contractors; Engineer of the Year by both the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers and the Northwest Arkansas Chapter, and has twice been named to “Who’s Who in Engineering by the American Association of Engineering Societies.
McGoodwin, Williams and Yates, Inc. was established in 1946 by L.M. McGoodwin. The company’s primary focus is consulting for municipal projects. With more than 40 employees, the company offers a broad spectrum of services in all aspects of water and wastewater management; master planning, highway, street, bridge and drainage improvements; surveying and aerial photography, architecture, composting and materials recovery.
For more than 60 years the firm of McGoodwin Williams & Yates has been a pioneer in providing cutting-edge engineering and architectural services primarily for municipalities. Specializing in water and wastewater treatment, MWY has played a direct role in the sustained growth of many Arkansas cities, including the development of the Beaver Water District.